Purpose & Mission

Our Purpose

A young Vietnamese boy has a large brain tumor that, left untreated, will lead to the loss of sight in his left eye. Neurosurgeons serving Central Vietnam lack the modern neurosurgical tools to operate on many young patients like him. For example, the operative microscope is a defining element of modern neurosurgery, lasts for years, and requires only low cost maintenance items such as light bulb changes. Delivery of a retired operative microscope to a competent neurosurgeon in a developing country can revolutionize his medical practice.

Our history:

The equipment-plus-training model has been refined during the building of micro-neurosurgical services in the Department of Neurosurgery at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue, Vietnam. Hue has the only teaching center for central Vietnam and provides region-wide care for approximately 20,000,000 people. We have expanded our activities there to include rehabilitation medicine, nurse education, vascular surgery, anesthesia, and Ob/Gyn.

We are now expanding our efforts to a second site in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar, but with different objectives.  Our focus there is to improve the state hospital system using the AMCANI model.  We are collaborating with the Rahkine State and Federal level Ministries of Public Health, to restore the level of care in the 58 facility State Hospital System.

 

Gary Heit Ph.D, MD trains neurosurgeons in Vietnam

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Thank you very much for what you have done to help us. We are very grateful. Thanks to the microscope and other equipment you gave us, we have very much improved neurosurgical practice in our hospital. We are now able to operate on the skull base tumors or the tumors deep in the brain. The rate of complication is much lower than in the past.

Dr. Truong Van Tri

Neurosurgeon in Vietnam

I Want to Make a Difference!

For every $4,000 we raise, we are able to ship a 40-foot cargo container full of desperately needed medical equipment to our mission sites in Vietnam & Myanmar. Our volunteer medical teams train the local practitioners to use the donated equipment, but we need your help to get it there!

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